15th Army (Wehrmacht)
|15. Armee (AOK 15)|
|Active||15 January 1941 - 17 April 1945|
|Disbanded||17 April 1945|
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The 15th Army was activated on 15 January 1941, with General Curt Haase in command. First seeing service in France, the army was involved in the protection of the Channel coast from a possible Allied invasion.
It defended against Allied forces with success during Operation Market Garden in September 1944 and later suffered defeat against the First Canadian Army in the Battle of the Scheldt during which the Army Headquarters at Dordrecht was subject to a mass attack by Hawker Typhoons of the Second Tactical Air Force on 24 October 1944. Two generals and 70 other staff officers were killed in the attack.
The British Second Army cleared the 15th Army from the Roer triangle during Operation Blackcock, pushing it back over the Rur and Wurm rivers. It was involved in the Battle of the Bulge before finally surrendering along the Ruhr river in 1945.
- General Curt Haase (15 January 1941 - 30 November 1942)
- General Heinrich von Vietinghoff genannt Scheel (1 December 1942 - 7 August 1943)
- General Hans von Salmuth (8 August 1943 - 24 August 1944)
- General Gustav-Adolf von Zangen (25 August 1944 - 17 April 1945)
- Tessin, Georg (1970). Die Landstreifkräfte 15–30 [Ground forces 15 to 30]. Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945 (in German). 4. Osnabrück: Biblio.
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